About Castell

The History Behind this Texas Hill Country Town along the Llano River

Castell, Texas

Castell is a small unincorporated riverside town in Llano County, Texas. Located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, its northern border is formed by the Llano River. It was designated a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark in 1964 and has the distinction of being the oldest surviving settlement in Llano County.

Castell, Texas began in 1847 as a land grant in Comanche territory settled by German abolitionists and Free-Soilers. Before Castell was settled, the land had formerly been part of the Fisher-Miller Land Grant. It was part of a series of five immigrant settlements sponsored by a group of prominent Germans known as the Adelsverein, including Count Emil von Kriewitz, John O. Meusebach, Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels, Hermann Spiess, Gustav Schleicher, Ferdinand Ludwig Herff, and Count Carl Frederick Christion of Castell-Castell (1801–1850).

Local Folklore

The story of Texas starts more than 16,000 years ago with the discovery of projectile points made by Native Americans to hunt, fish and protect and fight. They believed an arrowhead represents a symbol of protection, strength and courage. To this day, you can find arrowheads all throughout the area including up and down the Llano River usually after a hard rain when they might surface from under the dirt.

Make Ya’ Famous

In December 2020, Hollywood Legend Tom Hanks starred in an American Western Drama called “News of the World” loosely based a book titled “The Captured” by Scott Zesch, who is a resident of the area and discovered the grave of his great-great-great uncle of whom he decided to write about, painting a vivid portrait of life on the Texas frontier.

The book opens in 1870 on the wild border between Texas and Indian Territory, in what was the area between Mason and Castell. We have a few books located in the cabins, should you wish to read during your stay.